You should not consider hiring international removal companies that are more than willing to offer you an upfront estimate. In an age when immediate resolutions are encouraged and sought, many companies are compelled to offer a quote or estimate generated by an online tool, communicated over the phone or via email. Tools can be helpful but only when they have specific data. Random estimates generated in a jiffy will be of no help to you or to the mover. You must not endorse approaches that try to hasten up the initial assessments that should be extensive and informative.
The best international removal companies do not have hasty approaches. They do not take generic routes to offer uninformed estimates. The maximum these companies will be willing to do is share their standard fares. Many reputed companies publish their standard fares on the website, more like tariff for specific international routes and destination countries based on the tonnage or the volume of the cargo. Even these rates or tariffs may or may not factor in custom duties and other specific expenses. The rates may only pertain to the freight charges.
What to expect from International Removal Companies
The first thing you should expect from international removal companies is a site visit and that should include an extensive inspection of all your goods. Do not accept standard fares and don’t ask for generic estimates via email or over the phone. Schedule a site visit and allow an estimator to inspect all your goods. The estimator should measure the items you own and wish to move overseas. The estimate can consider the tonnage by weighing the various items. If that is not possible for all items, then the estimator would rely on the volume. Experienced estimators know the weights of common items you may have at your home or office. Both tonnage and volume matter. It is not similar to local moving exercises where you can consider either the tonnage or volume. Even local movers are now focusing on both for more accurate costing and assessment of the specific needs of a moving exercise.
Once the estimator has assessed all your belongings, an inventory would be created. This is often done on the day of packing and moving if you are hiring a local company. This happens in advance if you are moving overseas because international removal companies will need to offer you a detailed account of custom duties and other charges you may have to pay. These will depend on the types of goods you have.